The reason of your pilgrimage to pray and meditate the word of St. John Evangelist where the last chapter of the Apocalypse was revealed. A mystical experience.
Saint Christodoulos built the monastery of Saint John like a fortress to prevent pirates to attack it. A UNESCO world Heritage site since 1999. a must to visit during your stay in Patmos
This hymn dedicated to the Mother of God together with the Agne Parthene are by far the most beloved chanting to honour her. Learn to pray it everyday!
One of the largest monastery for nuns in Greece and the Balkan region. Open on mornings only.
Easter is the biggest celebration in the Christian Orthodox Church. In Patmos is a very special time. Church services are held everywhere with the Good Friday procession in Skala a must see.
Discover more about the latest saint of Patmos.
Livadi Kalogiron Church has the oldest and probably the most beautiful iconostasis in Patmos.
The hermitage is only open on his celebration day in mid July. A beloved spot for all travellers to enjoy beautiful sunset over the Aegean sea.
When the emperor Domitian was assasinated in Rome, Saint John was able to go back to Ephesus as Christian persecution came to an end. He left the island from the area where the Petra rock is located.
Not far from the Monastery of St. John in Chora the Church dedicated to Our Lady Diasozousa. From the terrace enjoy a beautiful view over the monastery of the Annunciation and the hermitage of Profitis Ilias.
The Church of Panagia Geranou is located at the end of island. You must drive there by yourself. Amazing views of the island of Patmos on the way. A panigiri is celebrated on 15 August.
The little Church overlooking the town of Skala welcome the travellers when the ferries approach the port of Patmos. Enjoy the view over Skala and the bay.
In front of Patmos island the islet of Xiliomodi or Chiliomodi with the hermitage dedicated to Saint Panteleimon. Hermits lived here during many centuries.
Saint Christodoulos Latrinos the wondermaker of Patmos. He built the monastery in Chora and Others in Greece. His relics are in the monastery and celebrated twice a year.
Theophania is a celebration taking place on January 6th (new calendar) in the orthodox world where the priest and local folks walk together to the sea and he throw the precedently blessed cross in the waters.
On the day of the Dormition of the Mother of God the monks of Patmos get together to commemorate it with a procession in the tight alleys of Chora.
Zoodochos Pigi Monastery is located not too far from the Municipality square in Chora. After walking in the labyrinth alleys you will find the monastery with the wondermaking icon with three eyes.
Discover this hidden Church dedicated to Saint Michael Archangel linked to the vision of Apocalypse. The Saint Michael line also pass over Patmos.
This is the place where St. John the Evangelist baptized the local patmian people during his exile in the island
Patmos has probably the highest number of churches in the world with a ratio of a Church every 8 people! This is a huge number even comparate to other greek islands standard.
In front of the beautiful beach of Agriolivadi there is the islet with the Church dedicated of Saint Teckla. Every September a liturgy is offered there.
Patmos alone deserve the trip but on the way and after there are so many other interesting sites for the modern pilgrim. Tinos, Symi, St. Paul steps, Mount Athos, Meteora, Corf¨, ThessalonÝki.
Lean more about the 150 Angelic Salutation prayer tradition in the Christian Orthodox Church. A devotion from the VIII century requested from the Mother of God to the people.
Relics are the main reason for many pilgrimages as a reminder of the grace of God. Patmos monasteries have relics of saints to venerate.
What are the main differences between clergy people serving in the Christian Orthodox Church and other denominations.
Without a doubt the Mother of God has a special place in the heart of every Christian Orthodox. Named in Greek Panagia which could translated in the "Most Holy" higher than the saints!
Discover the island of Lipsi on a day trip from Patmos to venerate the Holy Icon of Panagia Tou Xarou, Our Lady of the Death or Underworld. Only 20/25 minutes away with the catamaran.
There is no other prayer that define the tradition of the orthodox church like Jesus Prayer does. Everybody should make the prayer of the heart on a daily basis.
The Holy Spirit church in Greek Agiou Pnevmatou is the only church in Skala always open from morning to evening to pray, light a candle and venerate the holy icons
Pilgrimage is a spiritual journey but some practical advise on how to make the best of it with the trip organization is Always a good reminder to make everything smooth as much as possible.
Never ever walk between an orthodox faithful that is venerating an icon. If not the worst this you can do in Church is one of few no-no to do.
In Christian Orthodox tradition the faithful has a spiritual father. In Greek is called Gerona which mean Elder even do the actual age is not as important as the spiritual preparation.
The Christian Orthodox Church has seven sacraments, two more than Latin roman. Find out more on what they and what they rappresent.
Before Flying home from Athens after checking in but before security make a visit to the airport Church located in the mezzanine floor next to the restaurants. Beautifully decorated in modern style.
Koliva is a special food prepared to commemorate the departed ones. Its usually served after liturgy or after meals on selected days. For Christian Orthodox only!
Candles are offered as a continuation of your prayer. They can be in natural bee way or paraffin wax. To preserve the frescos of old churches they might be removeed before they are finished burning.
The greatest gift from Jesus to his Church and the faithful. Christian Orthodox can ask for permission to receive Holy Communion while visiting Patmos during your pilgrimage.
What Jesus prayer is to the heart the icons are for the eyes. Icons should be approached with deep respect and veneration to those who are rappresented on it.
If you are visiting someone important you will dress up accordingly. Why should it be any difference when you enter the house of God? Dress modestly and cover yourself as a sign of respect.
The tradition to Exchange red eggs go back to the times of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Mary of Magdala witness.
Travelling across Greece you will notice that many churches and monasteries have this two flags flying high. Discover more on the special meaning of this two flags.
St. Paul steps is one of the preferred pilgrimages to Greece. Make sure you visit Patmos before or after with this amazing options.
Discover the days off in Greece. Beyond the international days like 1st of May (strike granted), Oxi Day, Greek Independence day, Reunification of the Dodecanese region to Greece and more.
Patmos is the most important pilgrimage site in the Dodecanese region. The second is St. Michael in Panormitis, Symi. Panagia Spiliani in Nisyros, Panagia Tsambika in Rhodes, find out more.
96% of Greeks are Orthodox. Local Latin Roman community reminiscent of the Venetian presence can be found in the Greek islands especially in Syros with special celebration during Easter.
There are more cats than people in Greece and Patmos is no difference! If you wish you can help the local animal shelter organization
The Greek Language was the English of today. No surprise that many biblical figures travelled to Rome via Greece. Preached in Greece. Lost their life for the faith in Greece and much more.